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Monday, 05 May 2014 16:18

Cooper Named HAAC's Top Freshman

Katt Cooper earned the 2014 HAAC Freshman of the Year award Katt Cooper earned the 2014 HAAC Freshman of the Year award

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University softball team earned four 2014 HAAC All-Conference team selections announced on Monday afternoon, highlighted by First Team All-Conference winners freshman Katt Cooper, sophomore Mallorie Nelson and senior Renata Dill.

Cooper was also named the 2014 HAAC Freshman of the Year, becoming the third Wildcat to earn that award this season. The two other Wildcats were 2013 HAAC Volleyball Freshman of the Year Hannah Bettge and 2013-14 HAAC Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year Javeion Gray.

Baker's third baseman Alyse Menghini also earned a spot on the Second Team All-Conference and Dill and Nelson earned Gold Glove awards.

Cooper won a team-high 11 games this season and struck out 145 batters. She also led the conference in opponent batting average at .193.

Nelson was a force in the circle, leading the HAAC with 7.97 strikeouts per game and she had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She also led Baker at the plate with a .388 batting average.

Dill also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage out in center field and was second on the team in batting average at .359. She led the Wildcats with four triples and 25 stolen bases.

Menghini hit .346 on the year and led Baker with six home runs and 29 RBI's. She also had a team-high 82 total bases and scored 21 runs.

The Wildcats finished the year 22-24 and earned the No. 4 seed in last week's HAAC Championship Series.

2014 HAAC All-Conference Teams

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